Growing up surrounded by the exotic rhythms of BRAZIL along with my father's jazz band jamming every weekend over my head is what destined me to choose this career.
I began my inevitable road into the arts with dancing and acting. Once I was in High School though, I realized that music was what cradled my heart.
At this explosive point in my life, I funneled all my energy into private singing classes. This prepared me for my studies of operatic music at the University of Hartford in Connecticut.
Later I returned to Brazil to use what I had learned to let my creativity loose on the stage. With this goal fixed to my mind I created a band, organized and fulfilled my own tour, as a singer and a dancer, which took me to many cities and states in Brazil. Once the tour was completed, I aimed higher still. I wanted to perform in the United States. Once again I packed my bags and flew north for the winter.
Since then, while attending the Mannes Jazz program at the New School University, I have compiled the enclosed material, just a drop in the ocean of my experiences. These four songs and the many other original ones I have may also be available in Portuguese and Spanish.
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